If there’s another American neighborhood with a higher concentration of bars, do tell. No need to even include Bourbon’s many strip and night clubs among the count. At just one square mile, New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood contains a wide spectrum of watering holes, from upper crust establishments, where a sazerac or a French 75 will set you back $14, to dimly lit holes where a plastic cup of dissolution can be had for $3.
But there’s no need to settle on just one type of drinking experience here as French Quarter bars are within walking distance of one another. Indeed one of the great pleasures of drinking in the Quarter is meandering, go cup in hand, between bars.
Given the choices, paring down a list to only a dozen Vieux Carre spots is harder than it may seem and and no doubt such lists are bound to provoke heated debate among locals and savvy visitors. After some three hundred years, drinking rituals run deep.
But here’s a round up of some favorites — some highbrow, others low, and all manner in between.
— Allison Alsup
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